3/5 Library Stars
On The Back:
NOT HIS BROTHER’S KEEPER
Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she’s determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother’s fate.
Let’s start with a hearty cheer; the love triangle is finished! But wait, the last line of the book ruins it. I really hate love triangles, and this series has had one going for the last bit. If a love triangle is slight and well-written I don’t mind it, but this love triangle is not. The two men; Sully and Robbie spend half their times fighting. It’s downright annoying and childish, and I was excited towards the middle and latter parts of this book when the author seemed to be ending the love triangle, but on literally the last page she restarted it again. Ugh. Ugh. UGH!
Besides that, though the book was mostly good. The characters not involved in the triangle were relatable and fun. Ms. Cole finally is becoming three-dimensional, though, for the life of me I can not imagine why, Lindsey, the boss, allows her employees to call Ms. Cole “the lemon.” That is unbelievable unprofessional, not to mention rude.
The mystery was good, though the ending seemed anticlimactic. However, the short-story at the end was purposeless from my view, besides to point out another reason why Lindsey should not be the director of a library. She hires a woman simply because she helps save a cat and her kittens and knows literature. Great, that would give her brownie points in my eyes, but aren’t you at least going to make sure she can hold a job? Or at least check her references? She could steal from the businesses she works in or worse. Another ugh. I really just thought the entire short story at the end was juvenile.
Overall a simply okay book. It held my attention wonderfully, but there were some problems in it I hope are resolved in the next book, if I even read that one.